Kate Miller-Heidke will represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Lawrence Kim
February 9, 2019

In Australia's first-ever live decider on SBS, fans voted for their favourite song and artist after the ten acts performed on Queensland's Gold Coast.

Michael Rice has won the public vote to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. I've had a ball, and I'm so grateful and thrilled that I get to represent Australia at Eurovision'. While the movement has successfully called on acts like Lorde to pull out of Israeli concert dates, an SBS spokesperson told PEDESTRIAN the network would carry on with its planned broadcast of May's Tel Aviv event.

Kate, dressed in a spiked headpiece and a heavily embellished dress, rose to great heights - literally - as her skirt raised her into the air, while a shadowy figure danced behind her on a bending pole.

Will Australia qualify for the final for the fifth time in a row.

Meanwhile, Joel's co-host Myf Warhurst stated that the musician was "so incredible and so versatile".

Miller-Heidke follows previous Australian Eurovision representatives Jessica Mauboy, Isaiah Firebrace, Dami Im and Guy Sebastian.

The Aussies invited to compete at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, as a one off participation but the country embraced the competition with such enthusiasm that they have been invited to retun every year since. Dami Im took her song "Sound of Silence" to second place, just after victor Ukraine.

Our neighbours down under have enjoyed much succcess in the contest having achieved three top 10 placings in their four year Eurovision history.

BBC producer Mel Balac said: "This has been such an exciting year for Eurovision: You Decide with new format changes that we hope have really made the competition and programme more geared to find the ideal song. We are delighted for Michael and are proud to take Bigger Than Us to the Eurovision Song Contest final in May".

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